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  • How an effort by bar owners to limit sales by craft breweries and distilleries sank a widely supported overhaul of Alaska’s alcohol laws

    Senate Bill 76, was written by Soldotna Republican Sen. Peter Micciche to balance the competing interests of the groups involved in the discussions: owners of bars, breweries, distilleries and stores that sell alcohol for profit, along with government and nonprofit entities that contend with Alaska’s widespread social problems caused by drinking. But in the final weeks of […]

  • Sobering Center’s first months show success in alcohol treatment

    The Fairbanks Sobering Center has officially been open for several months now following their soft opening in November. The goal of the center is to provide a warm, safe space for intoxicated individuals to sober up and be connected with helpful resources. Shirley Lee, an employee at the Tanana Chief’s Conference who helps run the […]

  • To help people struggling with addiction, a new organization starts with community conversations

    A new organization dedicated to destigmatizing addiction, sharing stories of recovery and educating people on treatment recourses held its first event at the Homer Public Library Friday. The Bearded Sister, in conjunction with Recover Alaska, showed a documentary called “The Anonymous People” and facilitated a conversation about the film and addiction. Read more here.

  • Do Countries That Drink Less Have Less Breast Cancer?

    More than 266,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018. Alcohol likely contributes to 15 percent of those cases, meaning nearly 40,000 breast cancers a year are entirely preventable. That’s why any evidence-based public health measure that reduces overall alcohol consumption nationally is likely to make a dent in a disease that’s estimated […]



  • Online course: Adolescent Focused Motivational Interviewing Training
    Online course: Adolescent Focused Motivational Interviewing training is for clinicians through Possibilities for Change. There is a 6-7 hour online training that is now available for anyone to take.  This on-line training includes an opportunity to acquire CMEs (until April 31st) or CEUs (Social Work Clock Hours until May 31st).
    • Sign up here: ; use Chrome or Firefox as the browser
    • Create New User: Once you have logged in, you will be on the My Courses page.
    • The Catalog ID for the course is MI-0001-2014 and the course title is “Motivational Interviewing – Risk Assessment.”  Then click on “Launch Course” button to left of the title.  It’s a blue/yellow button that looks like a box with an arrow pointing left.
    Email for help:  Technical help is only available M-F during normal business hours (EST).

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